The Indianapolis Colts had their fair share of struggles on offense during the 2019 season.
While many things needed to change, buffing their wide receiver corps was near the top of the list.
Indy needed to add more explosive weapons after injuries and lack of depth derailed them at the wide receiver spot last season.
The Colts made a few changes at wide receiver during the offseason, but it might not have changed as much as some hoped.
As of right now, the Colts wide receiver corps is ranked 22nd in the league, according to PFF.
What Has Changed?
Indy decided to pass on adding a wide receiver through free agency this offseason.
They knew there was a prospect they wanted in the draft, so the organization waited until the 2020 NFL Draft.
With the 34th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select…
Michael Pittman Jr., WR, USC pic.twitter.com/5Q81LwvEEE
— PFF (@PFF) April 24, 2020
The Colts selected USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. with their first selection of the draft.
Pittman is coming off an outstanding senior year, which put him high on plenty of draft boards.
He hauled in 101 receptions, 1,275 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns in 2019.
Pittman is known as being one of the best route runners in the draft class.
He only dropped five passes throughout his entire college career.
The Colts expect Pittman to immediately slide into the No. 2 spot on the depth chart.
However, Pittman was the only immediate impact receiver the organization added this offseason.
What Needs to Change in 2020?
The biggest problem for the Colts last season was the health of their wide receivers.
They lost three of their top receiving options due to injuries last season.
Those injuries forced Zach Pascal into the No. 1 role at times, but he stepped up a delivered a 73.7 overall grade in 2019.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) November 3, 2019
It’s tough to win games when your No. 3 or No. 4 receiver is forced into being your No. 1 option.
Adding Pittman to the roster should help in case of injuries, but the Colts don’t have great depth at the moment.
The addition of Pittman is great, but keeping everyone healthy is going to be the biggest challenge for the Colts next season.
Colts WR Depth Chart
Colts fans can expect both Hilton and Pittman to immediately start as the one-two punch at wide receiver next season.
After that, there is going to be a battle for playing time during camp and in the preseason.
The expectation is that Pascal and Campbell are going to battle for the No. 3 spot on the team.
At the moment, Pascal might have the advantage due to the fact he played well last season.
In 2019, Campbell was limited to seven games, but it was his rookie season, so there is plenty of potential there.
The Colts might carry one or possibly two more receivers behind Pascal and Campbell on the roster.
It’s not surprising to see the Colts ranked near the bottom for wide receiver, especially after last season.
However, things are looking up in Indy and the Colts could surprise people if they are able to stay healthy next season.